April 28th, 2009
02:45 PM ET
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. truth is liberal sort of

    right....the odds were you were down 21 points in the GOP primary for next year....ADIOS loser.

    April 28, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. The Broker.

    So you are right? You just turned your coat, inside-out. In other words: You were always carrying extra-baggage.

    April 28, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Cleaning up after W

    People talking about a fillabuster-proof majority for the Democrats may be disappointed. I'm a Democrat, and I welcome Specter to the party, but I realize that he's independent in thinking. He's not going to be a rubber stamp, and that's the great thing about him. The republican party has been taken over by extremists who don't tolerate moderates, and that is why Specter bailed on them. It speaks volumes to his character. I hope he's the first of many to jump ship.

    April 28, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Had It

    The problem with most republicans is they DEMAND and DICTATE !!

    Good choice Arlen – speak for the people you represent (not the party).

    April 28, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Mark

    Spector was desperate for a job

    April 28, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    Specter has no principles – good riddens to bad rubbish.

    April 28, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. johnrj08

    One has to wonder how many other Republican senators who hold advanced degrees from prestigious universities feel comfortable in a political party that deifies people like Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. Do they really enjoy being identified with anti-intellectual reactionaries with absolutely zero credentials.

    April 28, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    So, who isn't at odds with the odd balls.

    April 28, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. WIlly Brown

    Specter must have his depends on backwards.

    April 28, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Tom Paine

    Hey, Arlen – that's generally what happens when you act like a Democrat....GOP'ers aren't going to like it.

    Good luck and get out.

    April 28, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. No Incumbents 2010

    Translated: I don't stand a chance to get re-elected as a republican.

    April 28, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Kevin B

    As long as the GOP keeps espousing the same old solutions in a world that has changed dramatically and has shifting electoral demographics, they will continue to loose the majority of americans.

    The GOP has been hijacked by millionaire radio host and angry "religious" and pseudo-militarist zeolots who have resorted to name calling as political tactic.

    What a sad demise of this once respectable political party.

    April 28, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Karen - Missouri

    I don't blame him. The Republicans have been so nasty and obstructionist and not caring at al about the rest of this country's population...only their precious party guidelines...which are none right now. Specter and a couple others are at least open to working toward solutions...all the rest of the GOP did was whine, be nasty, say no no no WITHOUT any ideas or trying to work with others in Congress. Congrats to Specter!!!

    April 28, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Liberal and Proud of It dot com

    Well Specter is certainly no Liberal, but he doesn't fit in with the scorched earth politics that Congressional Conservatives are practicing.

    Conservatives have made it clear that their goal is to undermine the Obama Administration and make its policies fail – or claim they are failing – no matter how much damage is done to the nation. Conservatives would rather rule an impoverished America than help govern a prosperous one.

    Perhaps this will encourage more Republicans who once believed in and trusted their leadership to abandon Conservatism. It has caused too many problems and has solved none.

    April 28, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Ia Guy

    2/3 of the country is at odds with the GOP. Good for him, time to join a winning team.

    April 28, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. 4 and No More

    He's trying so hard to convince himself. The Democratic philosophy, of," He who spends the most wins" just doesn't seem like something that would grab ahold and pull you in. Why doesn't he just admit this is the way the wind is blowing in PA this week?

    April 28, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Phat Elvis

    good man Spector. i hope you help succeed in holding the democratic party on middle ground

    April 28, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Perry is anti-American

    Specter is an American ...... unlike some others in the GOP.

    April 28, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. Michael in Ventura,CA

    I think there will be more and more Moderate republicans coming over to the Democratic side- it certainly happened in November!
    Now let rush and his right wing fanatics let er rip.......
    The more they talk, the better the Dems look! Great to have Senator Specter on board!

    April 28, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Cooper In Toronto Canada

    It cannot get any better for the Dem. Eventhough I like Obama politically, this moves is bad for democracy in the USA. Any true democracy requires a opposition, otherwise you end up with tranny of the majority. I am only thinking thoerically and as a LIBERAL, one needs to be mindful of the future as political tables generally turn with election...

    April 28, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. pam Eugene OR

    You and 67% of Americans agree the GOP is not the way to go. Good luck to you sir as a Democrat. At least you are know RIGHT thinking.

    April 28, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Tex

    Same guy, but different party of idiots, just to get votes. Democrats have their idoits and stupid ideas too.

    April 28, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. David/Florida

    Arlen, mazeltov to you. Might move to PA to give you my vote. SHALOM

    April 28, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Matt in CT

    Don't try to seem so high-minded, Specter. You were more at odds with the chance of losing in a GOP primary than anything else. Don't give yourself too much credit.

    April 28, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Hawk

    Ah yes – just another hack politician who doesn't care for the people that voted him in office. After all, they are not important it is only Arlen that is important. I wonder what is cost the Dems to get him over. I bet it wasn't cheap.

    April 28, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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